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Nuts (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  11 December 1987 (USA)
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

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Aaron Levinsky
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Rose Kirk
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Arthur Kirk
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Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
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Francis MacMillan
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Judge Stanley Murdoch
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Allen Green
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Clarence Middleton
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Harry Harrison
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Saul Kreiglitz
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Dr. Johnson
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Dr. Arantes
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16 year-old Claudia
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Storyline

A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS

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Drama | Thriller

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11 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuts ... Durchgedreht  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,152,529 (USA)
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Trivia

Mark Rydell was the first director attached to this film, with Barbra Streisand interested in playing Claudia. However, Rydell cast the younger Debra Winger instead. Then Streisand came back after Winger pulled out. Then Rydell left the project, and Streisand hired Martin Ritt. Streisand says she was genuinely frightened of Leslie Nielsen, who managed to convince her he was dangerous. She says she wishes she had "fought back" more in their dramatic sequence together, but that he really did scare her. See more »

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Claudia Draper: [responding to MacMillan's grilling about her professional life] Why don't we stop all the bullshit and get to the point? Now, you want to know what I do for a living? Ask me. My time is very expensive, Mr. MacMillan. Probably more than yours. I get 500 dollars an hour. How much do you get? I get four-hundred dollars for a straight lay, three-hundred for a hand job, and five-hundred for head. If you want to wear my panties, that's another hundred. You take them home, Mr. MacMillan, that's ...
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Soundtracks

HERE WE ARE AT LAST
Music by Barbra Streisand
Lyrics by Richard Baskin
Arranged & played by Randy Waldman
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A Powerful and Intelligent Film.
27 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Based on Tom Topors's off broadway play, NUTS is a highly charged drama that raises some uneasy questions. NUTS opened in late 1987 to little hype and mixed reviews.

This is a film that deserves to have a second life on video. While the court room plot devices are predictable, the film raises some important issues and questions. Questions like, "What is normal?" and "Does the law have the right to force help upon those who don't want it?"

What really makes this film worth watching though, is Barbra Strisand's bravura performance in the lead. I cannot believe she failed to receive an Oscar for her work here, it's crime that she wasn't at least nominated. Director Martin Ritt keep the film going at a perfect pace and also gets strong supporting performances from Richard Dreyfss and Maureen Stapleton.

This is a film that deserves more attention then it originally received, it is honest, though-provoking, and features a brilliant performance from Streisand.

My score for this excellent film: 9/10!


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